Merve Ertufan
ANSWERS
2013

Answers is a performance work, in which participants are invited to ask any question they wish. All questions addressed to Johanna will be answered by Merve, and vice versa. The performance is based on a power-triangle with three components: the one who asks, the one asked to, and the one who answers on her behalf.

COMPLIMENTS
2012

“Over the space of an hour, the dialogue of the two women passes through phases of friendly affection to aggressively heightened provocation. In this experiment both the psychological dynamics of interpersonal communication and the quality of their facial expressions and language are explored and pushed to their limits as conveyors of meaning.” (Text from exhibition catalogue ISKELE2, Unan- swered Question, 2013)
*This work was produced in December 2012 for ARTER with support from Vehbi Koc Foundation.

31/03/2010
2011
Video

31/03/2010 is a video from few hours of an evening, when Johanna and Merve decide to play an alcohol based card game. As many of their personal restrains lift, certain ingrained patterns start to disclose.

Transcription:
Johanna: “Ok, I’ve won two- twice before, and now if you want to give up, I’m the winner. Ok?”
Merve: “No.”
J: “Why no? You’re pulling out the liquor-”
M: “You’re never the winner.”
J: “Why am I not- never the winner?”
M: “You’re never the winner.”
J: “Because I’m meaner than you, waa- you think- you think”
J: “Merve you think you’re such a nice person and you’re the same person that- than me. But it’s just that you are whining a lot and that you are weak, Ok?”
M: “I’m going to puke-”
J: “No, you’re not going to puke.”
M: “I’m really going to puke.”
J: “You are? Do you want me to follow you to the toilet? Oh, come on honey…”
J: “Come come…”

FOLLOW JOHN
2010
Video

Follow John is a title taken from a Swedish children's game called 'Följa John'. Johanna acts as the ‘John’ in Gothenburg, Merve acts as the ‘John’ in Istanbul. As one takes the lead in her home city, the follower struggles to imitate and fit herself into the leader's actions.

TUG OF WAR
2009
Video

The physical struggle and the friendly ambition prevails the video: an action results in an equal reaction.

REPEATERS
2009
Video

In Repeaters, the two try to irritate one another through imitation and exaggeration of words, mimics and gestures. Johanna speaks in Swedish, Merve in Turkish. Neither understand what the other is saying; the conversation is only revealed afterwards with the addition of subtitles..